Training for the Scoutmaster
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 13:09:00 PDT
Since this discussion started about my comments on my son's
Troop, I would like to comment on what Steve Lavalla said and
why the Quality Unit patch is important to me.
As the Cubmaster, I proudly explain at our Fall recruitment
night that we qualified AGAIN for Quality Unit status. I also
explain that the criteria is so minimal that just about every
Pack could qualify if they try and that the patch is no guarantee
of a quality program. BUT, if a Pack can't qualify then that may
be a sign of program that is weak.
At the Troop level this patch is much more important for
recruiting and retention purposes. There are many excellent
Troops in Carmel, Indiana. When Webelos visit different Troops
they have to decide which is best for them. While Quality Unit
status is probably a small differentiating factor, it could very
well be the thing that tips the decision to one Troop or another.
Anyway, it's silly to not to be a Quality Unit and allow that to be
a factor or an excuse for a Webelos not selecting your Troop.
I've learned recently that our Troop has had several Eagles in
its 8 years. But all but one of them completed their Eagle with
CM, Pack 125
Outings/Activities, Troop 125
Crossroads of America Council
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